2 Samuel 16:11 (KJV) Hope for Grace

2 Samuel 16:11 (KJV)
And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.

There are few things more terrible for a father than the rebellion of a child. We love them so desperately when they are growing up. We ache when they begin their own lives. We grieve if we are not able to see them often. But we are broken if they turn against us.

In this case David’s pain is of his own making and he knows it.

  • His disobedience in multiple wives
  • His lack of discipline and direction for his children and especially
  • His sin with Bathsheba

Had brought this on. God had told him it would be so.

David demonstrated humility with Shimei because he knew this was all of God. But I notice that he also held out hope for grace. We need never to live in the pit of despair. Humility is not pessimism. Humility is honesty concerning ourselves and hopefulness concerning God.

 

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2 Samuel 16:11 (KJV) Hope for Grace

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What If A Man Is Something?

Galatians 6:3 KJV

For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

 

The thought came to mind today, “What if he is something?” Herein lies the problem. The implication of the text is that he is nothing regardless of who he is:

  • The celebrity
  • The athlete
  • The successful
  • The powerful
  • The wealthy
  • The popular

 

Fact is; all of us are nothing. Gill writes, “…he is nothing: of himself; not even as a creature, but owes his being and preservation, and all the mercies of life, to another, even to God; has no grace nor gifts of himself, but what he has received, and can do no good thing, not think a good thought, or perform a good action, of himself, and much less of himself procure eternal life and salvation.”

 

Truly we are prone to deceive ourselves. Even when we are in this world, “something” we are without Christ, “nothing”.

 

For this and more than 3000 earlier Daily Visits with God visit Marvin McKenzie’s blogger page. There you will find daily visits going back to 2007.

 

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